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  • National Recognition

    Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship 

    2013 Sean Motl

    Motl is one of only 62 Truman Scholars and one of only three in Texas chosen from a pool of 629 students in the U.S. to receive this award. He will receive a $30,000 scholarship to fund his graduate education in public service. The Truman Foundation seeks out student leaders who will become “change agents” in public service sectors.

    Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

    2014 Holly Miles

    Miles has received a 2014 Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which will provide up to $40,000 per year for graduate studies, as well as summer internship opportunities and a guaranteed appointment as a Foreign Service Officer upon completion of her master’s degree.

    Fulbright Summer Institute for Young American Student Leaders

    2013 Duncan Knox

    Knox is one of just nine students from throughout the U.S. chosen for this four-week institute, themed “Slavery and the Atlantic Heritage.” He will study at Bristol University in the United Kingdom.

    Venture for America Fellowship

    2017 Christian Garcia

    The fellowship gives students the opportunity to participate in a five-week training course this summer that will prepare them for the two-year business program they will be part of. The focus of the program is to have participants work with a startup company, and through this process, develop their own business plan for future business pursuits.

    Eban Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship

    2014 Maxwell Kennady

    Kennady has been selected as one of six 2014 Tisdale Fellows nationally by the Fund for American Studies.

    The Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship provides students with a distinctive opportunity to explore public policy affairs of critical importance in the technology sector of the economy.

    Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award

    2014 Joshua Logsdon

    Logsdon is one of 15 students nationwide to win the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award which is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  The award recognizes outstanding graduating college seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, dedication to the study of American history, and a commitment to public service and community involvement.

    New York University Writers in Florence Program

    2014 Jenni deBie

    deBie traveled to Florence, Italy as one of a select group of U.S. undergraduate students to participate in the New York University Writers in Florence program.

    An English major from Texarkana, deBie studied poetry and created her own work under the mentorship of award-winning poets Dorothea Lasky, assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and Eileen Myles, professor emeritus of writing and literature at the University of California-San Diego.

    Pearson Student Advisory Board

    2013–2014 Maxwell Kennady

    Kennady has been selected to serve on the Pearson board for one year and will begin his tenure at the Pearson Student Leadership Summit in Boston. He is one of only 12 U.S. student leaders chosen.

    National Collegiate Honors Council

    Poster Competition

    2018 Parker Adamson, Third Place

    Natural Sciences, “Effects of Multiple Cycles of Microwave-Irradiation on Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube”

    2019 Luke Meyer, Second Place

    Education, “Ready to Engage: Helping Prepare Students for Academic Freedom”

    2017 Emily Vidal, Third Place 

    Natural Sciences, “Comparative Analysis of Linear and Nonlinear Dimension Reduction Techniques on Mass Cytometry Data

    2011 Yolanda Elias, First Place 

    Business and Computer Science Section, “The Effect of Color Space on Wavelet Image Compression”

    National Board Student Representative

    2017-2019 Parker Adamson

  • Regional Recognition

    Dennis Boe Award

    This award honors the late Dr. Dennis Boe, Director of Honors at East Central Oklahoma State University. The Great Plains Honors Council sponsors the Dennis Boe Award to showcase and reward outstanding scholarly work by the honors programs students of its member institutions.  Each year, 3 students are chosen from a competitive field of papers nominated by honors directors at member institutions.  

    2019 Evelyn Burch: “Projecting Power: China and the US Struggle for Power in the Era of Xi and Trump”

    2018 Gabriella “Boo” Wright: “Evolution of the Keystone Species Concept and its Usefulness” 

    2017 Evelyn Burch: “Evaluating the Success of NAFTA as an Instrument of Foreign Policy”

    2017 Christian Garcia: “The Effect of Presidential Signaling on Stock Market Prices”

    2014 Sean Motl: “Memorials Without Memories”

    2013 Cassady Hossenlopp: “Detection and Identification of the Dengue Virus that Tested Positive by ELISA but Negative with Conventional RT-PCR”

    Great Plains Honors Council Poster Competition

    2018 Emily Krause: “The Death of Chiron: Finding Peace in Assisted Suicide”

    2017 Julia McDaniel: “Portrayal of Domestic Violence in Theatrical Performance”

    2017 Emily Vidal: “Comparative Analysis of Linear and Nonlinear Dimension Reduction Techniques on Mass Cytometry Data

  • Local Recognition

    Director’s Award

    The annual Director’s Award honors the student who best represents the values of Honors Program education and has excelled in academic, research, service, and social elements of the program.

    • 2019- Parker Adamson and Allee Nix
    • 2018- Evelyn Burch
    • 2017 - Brenna Hudson
    • 2016 - Maigan Dunlap
    • 2015 - Emily Perez
    • 2014 - Aimee Denham and Duncan Knox
    • 2013 - Sean Motl
    • 2012 - Cassady Hossenlopp
    • 2011 - Wills Register
    • 2010 - Yolanda Fay Elias
    • 2009 - Kaci Pruser
    • 2008 - Jared Bird
    • 2007 - Matthew Jackson
    • 2006 - Lori Loomis

    ASU Presidential Award Recipients

    • 2018-2019 Evelyn Burch
    • 2017-2018 Brenna Hudson
    • 2016-2017 Christian Garcia
    • 2015-2016 Katie MacLeay
    • 2014-2015 Aimee Denham
    • 2013-2014 Sean Motl
    • 2012–2013 Blake McCracken
    • 2011–2012 Yolanda Elias
    • 2010–2011 Amanda Hill
    • 2008–2009 Jason Strickland
    • 2006–2007 Kristen Truett

    ASU Distinguished Student Award Recipients


    Angele Chen, College of Science and Engineering
    Talon Shoemake, College of Arts and Humanities


    Courtney Shields, Archer College of Health and Human Services 
    Jessica Thorp, College of Arts and Humanities
    Tristan Fielder, College of Science and Engineering


    Brandi Washington, Archer College of Health and Human Services


    Duncan Knox, College of Arts and Sciences
    Tara Warren, College of Education


    Adrienna Bingham, College of Arts and Sciences
    Maxwell Kennady, College of Business


    Aeriel Elliot, College of Health and Human Services


    Anna Hall, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
    Wills Register, College of Sciences


    Joshua Tindell, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
    Christopher Stegall, College of Business


    Matthew Jackson, College of Sciences


    Lori Loomis, College of Sciences
    Calinda Shely, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

  • Mentors

    Mentors and emissaries serve a vital role in Honors Program recruitment and retention efforts. Mentors assist first-year students in successfully transitioning from high school into both the ASU and the Honors Program community and provide a social support system for those students. Successful mentorship translates into a cohesive Honors Program identity, creates a culture of commitment and integrity, and allows students to develop meaningful relationships with their peers. Mentors represent the program at various university and community events, assist with recruiting efforts, and foster an honors learning community.

    2018-2019 Mentors


    Cassandra SchultzCassandra Schultz 
    Cassandra Schultz is a 20 year old junior English major from Seminole, TX. She has a mischievous cat named Tommy and her favorite food is Mennonite pierogis. Cassandra’s favorite thing about Honors is all the opportunities to go to conferences and talk about things she’s passionate about with others who share similar interests. When asked her favorite book she answered, “This is a cruel question, but I’d have to stick with the classic Harry Potter series” and one interesting fact about her is that she was born in Mexico and still holds Mexican citizenship!

    Ashton White

    Ashton White
    Ashton White is a 19 year old junior biology major from San Angelo, TX. In her free time, she loves to play soccer at the indoor facility in San Angelo. She also likes to read a good book, exercise, or draw and do crafty things. She has collected keychains from places she has travelled since she was young and has recently begun collecting magnets from the foreign countries she has gotten the opportunity to visit. Ashton loves how Honors allows you to connect with the Angelo State and San Angelo community. She loves the amount of opportunities we have for volunteering in events, participating in study abroads, and meeting new people who can help you succeed throughout your college career.

    Danielle Hannah

    Danielle Hannah
    Danielle Hannah is a 20 year old junior nursing major from Granbury, TX. She has a miniature Schnauzer named Victor, an anerythristic corn snake named Sweetie, and two aquatic frogs.  Her favorite thing about the Honors Program are all the awesome opportunities. She is currently participating in Boston University’s Summer Study Internship Program and was placed as an intern in the local area. If she could eat dinner with any three people, living or dead, they would be Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, and her nana.


    Heather Hillert

    Heather Hillert
    Heather Hillert is a 21 year old senior biology major from Menard, TX. She grew up in Kansas so she says “Pop” instead of soda but we won’t hold that against her! If she could travel anywhere in the world, she would want to travel all over Europe because she has never been abroad and wants to see all of the history and experience all of the different cultures. Heather’s favorite thing about Honors is having a sense of community and belonging—she always jokes that she practically lives in the Honors Lounge. 



    Katie Dunlap

    Katie Dunlap
    Katie Dunlap is a 21 year old chemistry major from San Angelo, TX. Katie LOVES pasta and collecting postcards. She has a cat, Kali, and three dogs- Jake, Wilson, and Maroo. If Katie could go anywhere in the world, she would go to Spain because she is interested in the language spoken there, would love to hike the landscape, and would enjoy learning about the culture more. Her favorite thing about Honors is making connections with other Honors members (past and present) and traveling to and participating in conferences. In her free time Katie likes to running, reading, and watch movies.


    Talon Shoemake

    Talon Shoemake
    Talon Shoemake is a 21 year old senior English major from Deweyville, TX. His favorite food is gumbo and he loves his two puppies- Percy, a cock-a-poo, and Milo, a chorkie. Talon’s favorite thing about Honors is the sense of community among students with similar attitudes about college. He spends his free time watching HGTV or political dramas with his boyfriend.  Talon’s favorite book is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and if he were given $1000 he would start Christmas shopping because he absolutely loves Christmas and buying gifts for people.  He is obsessed with Jeopardy and watches every episode when he gets home from school or work.


    Chloe Frangenberg

    Chloe Fragenberg 
    Chloe Frangenberg is a 20 year old nursing major from Austin, TX.  She spends her free time reading, listening to music, sleeping or collecting ceramic ducks.  Chloe has two precious pups, Moe and Georgia, and a kitty, Jada.  She is always making other people laugh and loves the Honors Program because of the amazing people and the opportunities it offers. Her favorite books are The Awakening and Frankenstein and her favorite movie is Frances Ha.  If Chloe could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, she would choose Janelle Monae, John Krasinski, and Aubrey Plaza. 

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